Quarterback Donovan McNabb Released by Vikings After Losing Starting Role

Donovan McNabb was released today by the Minnesota Vikings, six weeks after the former Pro Bowl quarterback was demoted to a backup role.

McNabb, 35, was traded to the Vikings on July 30 from the Washington Redskins to be the National Football League team’s starter. He was benched in October by Vikings coach Leslie Frazier in favor of rookie Christian Ponder.

The release of the six-time Pro Bowl pick and 2004 Super Bowl starter was announced as a one-line roster move from the Vikings, listing his name, position, years of NFL experience (13) and college (Syracuse).

McNabb may sign with another team. The Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans are among clubs that have lost starting quarterbacks to injuries in recent weeks.

The Vikings fell to 2-9 this season and into last place in the National Football Conference North division with a 24-14 loss to Atlanta on Nov. 28. In six games with the Vikings, McNabb completed 94 of 156 passes for 1,026 yards. He threw four touchdowns passes and two interceptions, and ran for another score.

McNabb was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the second pick in the 1999 draft. In 11 years with the Eagles, he was 92-49-1 as a starter, leading the team to the playoffs eight times and the Super Bowl after the 2004 season. Last season with the Redskins, he was 5-8 in 13 starts before being benched for the final three games.

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Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sidelines in the first quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 23, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Close

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Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sidelines in the first quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 23, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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